Subbie of the week

FUTURE FLOORS (QLD) – Commercial floor covering specialists

Specializing in complete supply and installation packages – carpets, vinyl, engineered floor systems, expoxy, safety flooring, hand tufted rugs, entry mats…..

“Service and pricing are second to none and their team of installers are friendly, on time and easy to work with on site.”

Call Matty Smith on 07 3335 1333

Friendliest Man in Floor Coverings

Friendliest Man in Floor Coverings

Check them out at http://www.futurefloorsqld.com/

Always look out for your mate on site

Yes safety is primarily the responsibility of the individual but staying alert and keeping an eye out for your friend can help prevent things like this happening.

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland is investigating a fatal incident that occurred on Sunday 27 July 2014 in Fortitude Valley.

A worker died after falling into a two metre deep trench which collapsed while being excavated to replace a sewer line.

Could this happen anywhere your employees are working?

This  is a reminder for you and your organisation to consider the effectiveness of your safety management systems in preventing an incident like this from occurring at a workplace.

For information on workplace health and safety visit the Workplace Health and Safety Queensland website at www.worksafe.qld.gov.au.

Workplace Health and Safety

There is no such thing as an accident on site –  just carelessness, lack of supervision and proper procedure.

As shocking as it may sound in this case a 4 metre block wall was blown over by the wind because it had no bracing or core filling.

Workplace Health and Safety – Collapse of Block Walls

What to do when unions want access on job sites

From 1 July 2009, most Australian workplaces are governed by a new system created by the Fair Work Act 2009.

Right of entry refers to the part of Commonwealth workplace laws which regulate the rights of organisation officials (such as a trade union) to enter work premises including construction sites. 

There are strict rules that must be complied with before a union official or other government officials eg Fair Work Inspectors, can enter a workplace.

They can’t just walz in under the guise of Work Place Health & Safety issues and start throwing their weight around.

To read your rights – go to – http://www.fairwork.gov.au/About-us/policies-and-guides/Fact-sheets/rights-and-obligations/right-of-entry

New Products and Suppliers

If you’d like to save some real money on lighting supply take a look at Ledtek Global – www.ledtekglobal.com

Feedback from electrical subbies is that these guys not only save you money on LED lights but also have quality products with great after sales service.

They have a great range and David Du is very helpful and can advise on styles and applications.

DID YOU KNOW?

LED lighting has been around since the 1960s but is just recently beginning to appear in the residential market.

LED lights

  • are more rugged and damage resistant than than compact fluorescents and incandescent bulbs.
  • don’t flicker
  • do not produce heat like incandescent bulbs
  • are very heat sensitive – excessive heat can reduce both light output and lifetime
  • last considerably longer than incandescent or fluorescent lighting
  • don’t typically burn out like traditional lighting but rather gradually decrease in light output
  • are resistant to thermal and vibrational shocks and perform well when subjected to frequent on-off cycling

 

Proposed Amendments to the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act Qld

As a result of stakeholder consultation carried out by Mr Andrew Wallace, a barrister with extensive industry experience, amendments have been recommended for the BCIPA of Queensland.  There are 3 key areas of reform most notably

  • Appointment of  adjudicators  and the adjudication process
  • Timeframes for claimants and respondents
  • Provision of additional information – adjudication response can now include all relevant reasons for withholding payment.

These reforms have been approved by cabinet and will debated in Parliament mid-year with the changes likely to com into effect 1 September, 2014

http://www.bcipa.qld.gov.au/SiteCollectionDocuments/Fact%20Sheets/BCIPA%20Fact%20Sheet%20-%20Amendments.pdf

Project Collaboration now even easier on etender – D & C the easy way!

etender has introduced a new feature enabling consultants, clients and builders to collaborate on a project with one central repository for project documents.   Project team members can upload and download documents keeping immediately up to date with all project document changes.

“Old hat” I hear you say!!  NO!

Not only can participants upload and download documents easily they can see their ‘up/down’ history.

The project coordinator can also keep his finger on the project’s progress via etender’s tracking facility.

All this at a fraction of the price of other systems with similar features.

Find out more by contacting support@etender.net.au for more information.

No licence – No payment

Contractors or subcontractors need to carefully consider whether they in fact hold the licences that permit them to carry out the works they will be required to perform.

A contractor agrees to do work it is not licensed to perform. Does it have a right to be paid?

A recent decision of the Queensland Supreme Court highlights the need for Queensland contractors to be appropriately licensed to perform the building work they are contracted to undertake (Dart Holdings Pty Ltd v Total Concept Group Pty Ltd [2012] QSC 158). A contractor may lose their contractual right to payment where any part of the work agreed to is work the contractor is not licensed to carry out.

For full text vist

http://www.claytonutz.com.au/publications/edition/16_august_2012/20120816/no_licence_no_payment_queensland_supreme_court_warns_contractors_who_do_unlicensed_building_work.page

Showcase your new product

If you have created a new product yourself or have come across one you would like to tell the world about you can.

Contact etender by emailing – support@etender.net.au

Who knows it may become as successful as the plastic bank notes which were developed in a combined effort by the Reserve Bank of Australia and theCSIRO.

The polymer material of the bank notes makes them very durable and counterfeit resistant. The bank notes first circulated in Australia in 1988.

Fast, inexpensive and easy to use.

Drive the costs out of your tendering process while maintaining high standards of control, presentation and documentation.

The construction industry is a very fast moving, cost driven, litigious environment.  As construction and finance managers, the owners of etender witnessed first hand companies spending too much time and lots of dollars in litigation.  Problems experienced that contributed to this included

  • a lack of uniformity in documentation with too much ‘copy and paste’,
  • piece meal and/or inaccurate record keeping
  • people moving between companies bringing their own systems and not using systems on offer
  • no single repository for project information
  • tender submissions missing deadlines
  • hard drives on PCs/laptops collapsing where critical project information was stored
  • different subcontractors pricing at tender and construction phases

Early on they realized that there was no simple answer to these problems. However as managers they still had to develop strategies to limit there occurrence and effect.  Ultimately they saw the easiest answers lay in developing systems that control what goes in and comes out of the construction process.

Improving and streamlining the tendering system was seen as the first step in producing a more efficient, profitable construction company. Not only is it the first stage of the process but it also lends itself to internet applications. etender is the system born out of the owners’  desire to achieve best practice in this area . No corners have been cut in design and development and testing has been exhaustive.

In designing etender consideration was given to the fact that construction companies employ a wide range of people with varying skill sets – not everyone is computer literate or internet savvy.  The etender system deliberately mirrors the traditional paper-based system which makes it easy for all levels of employees to understand and use.

Underpinning continued refinement and further development is the owners’ commitment to fairness, transparency, professionalism, teamwork, accuracy and efficiency and their abhorrence of the blame game, time wasting, sloppy documentation and needless duplication.

Whether you be a Contractor, Subcontractor or a Supplier in the construction industry, etender.net.au provides tools for you to manage your part in the tender process.

 

For Contractors:

etender is simple and straightforward to use. It will lead to a reduction in the amount of duplication of documentation and ultimately to a more efficient use of valuable resources. It is your next step to corporate sustainability.

  • find subcontractors and suppliers to price the work in their area
  • send out documentation
  • track tenders
  • produce audit trails
  • receive prices

 

For Subcontractors and Suppliers:

Contractors post open projects to the site which require various trades to complete. Depending on your selected criteria you will receive price requests and have access to specific tender documentation which can be downloaded. You are then able to submit your tender responses electronically. It is a simple straight forward process.

Subcontractors and suppliers use the site for FREE to

  • find work
  • download tender documentation
  • communicate directly with decision makers
  • participate in online Q&A tender forums
  • automatically receive addendums
  • organise and track tender responses
  • submit your price electronically via etender’s secure online tenderboxes.
  • advertise your business directly to contractors

 

Signup to etender.net.au today

Secure, robust online tendering workbench

etender’s Tender Management System (TMS) streamlines the tendering process while strengthening corporate policy compliance. It provides a secure, robust workbench for tendering online. Our TMS automates standard construction industry processes thus making it easy to follow.

etender is simple and straightforward to use. It will lead to a reduction in the amount of duplication of documentation and ultimately to a more efficient use of valuable resources. It is your next step to corporate sustainability.

  • find subcontractors and suppliers to price the work in their area
  • send out documentation
  • track tenders
  • produce audit trails
  • receive prices

Perfect for Subcontractors

Contractors add projects to etender.net.au which require various trades to complete.

Depending on your selected criteria you will receive price requests and have access to specific tender documentation which can be downloaded.

You are then able to submit your tender responses electronically. It is a simple straight forward process.

And best of all listing on etender.net.au is FREE

So why not sign up today and gain access to all these fantastic features;

  • find work
  • download tender documentation
  • communicate directly with decision makers
  • participate in online Q&A tender forums
  • automatically receive addendums
  • organise and track tender responses
  • submit your price electronically via etender’s secure online tenderboxes.
  • advertise your business directly to contractors

 

Click here to signup today

Looking to sell your product?

Would you like to be able to be put in touch with more customers without having to use a huge sales team to source them?
etender is accessed by over 10,000 builders and subcontractors regularly. People who are actively looking for your type of  product or service. This means time spent sourcing and pricing jobs is kept to a minimum but is still effective. etender’s unique tendering system allows you can receive tender documents online and submit your price to a secure online tenderbox. It’s a simple and straight forward process. Easy to understand and use.In the future you will be able to upload your current price lists and catalogues for etender users to access in real-time. No more out of date pricing or product information it will be up to date all the time. We’ll keep you posted on site developments via our email alerts.Online collaboration is undoubtedly the way of the future for the construction industry so sign up now and start making better use of your time.
Subcontractors and suppliers use the site for FREE to
  • find work
  • download tender documentation
  • communicate directly with decision makers
  • participate in online Q&A tender forums
  • automatically receive addendums
  • organise and track tender responses
  • submit your price electronically via etender’s secure online tenderboxes.
  • advertise your business directly to contractors

 

Click here to sign up to etender.net.au